The ACTU has called for all political parties to support a Buy Australian Act which it claims would generate a “trifecta of benefits: jobs for Australian workers, a badly needed boost to the Australian economy and would ensure government projects use safe, Australian made goods”.
ACTU secretary Dave Oliver says creation of a Buy Australian Act would ensure jobs are created and maintained locally and help the manufacturing industry thrive by creating much-needed development and service jobs.
Oliver cites a similar "Buy America"’ provision used by the US government in 2009 to stimulate the American economy after the global financial crisis (GFC) and continues to operate within US government purchasing guidelines.
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to stand up for working people in Australia by creating local opportunities for both workers and businesses – a Buy Australian Act would do this.
“The Buy Australian Act will ensure Australian families have work, Australian businesses have opportunities to grow and will ensure our infrastructure and services meet the high standards that the Australian people expect and deserve.”